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New England skates to 5-2 victory over Morrisville State

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. – Visiting New England College’s Johan Granath (Stockholm, Sweden) netted two goals, including the game winner, to lead the Pilgrims to their third win of the season, in a 5-2 victory over non-conference opponent Morrisville State College Sunday afternoon in Morrisville.

New England struck early, netting their first score just 2:22 into the first period, as Alex Muse (Lynnfield, MA) and Filip Bjork (Stockholm, Sweden) found Jon Globke (West Bloomfield, MI) for the goal.

With the Pilgrims leading 1-0, Morrisville State’s Bobby Cass (Burlington, Ontario) broke down ice and beat New England keeper, Aaron Harvey (Milford, Nova Scotia) for the short handed score, evening the contest for the Mustangs. Just over four minutes later, Muse regained the one goal advantage for the Pilgrims, netting the score off assists from Globke and Ed Dwyer (Orchard Park, NY).

At the 11:49 mark, the Mustangs Stefan Carnegie (Woodbridge, Ontario) found Tom Longland (Dunnville, Ontario) on the right side of the ice for a goal, evening the contest for the second time, before Granath gave the Pilgrims their third lead of the contest two minutes later.

Whistled for a penalty late in the second period, Granath took advantage of the power play opportunity early in the third, firing the shot past Morrisville State goaltender, Dave Labaff (Potsdam, NY) just 13 seconds into the final stance, for the two goal New England lead.

Bill McGinnis (Williams Lake, British Columbia) secured the win for the Pilgrims with an empty net score at 18:27.

Morrisville State held the 33-29 advantage in shots on goal, but Harvey turned away 31, including 15 in the second period, for New England who improved to 3-3-1 overall.

Labaff made 24 stops in net for the Mustangs in 19:51 of play as Morrisville State dropped to 3-8-0 overall.

Morrisville State returns to the ice January 2nd after a short break, traveling to St. Michaels College in Vermont for the St. Michaels Holiday Classic Tournament.

New England will face SUNY Potsdam January 1st in Northfield, Vermont.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options. Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.